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The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom (1993)

Err, the title is almost a summary itself. Based on the true story of a Texas mom who tries to hire a hitman (through her ex's brother) to kill either or both a cheerleader and her mother. ... See full summary »

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Err, the title is almost a summary itself. Based on the true story of a Texas mom who tries to hire a hitman (through her ex's brother) to kill either or both a cheerleader and her mother. With the intended victims out of the way, Wanda's daughter gets the chance to become a cheerleader. When the media get hold of the story, Wanda's trial turns into a media circus. Written by Rob Hartill

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She wanted to give her daughter the best shot at being a cheerleader... The things you do for your kids.


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10 April 1993 (USA)  »

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Someone discusses possibility of an exploding baton, an in-joke reference to gag from director Michael Ritchie's 1975 movie Smile (1975). See more »

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Wanda's voice on tape describes Verna's vehicle as a "1995 Grand Marquis." The film takes place in 1991. See more »

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Shanna Harper: Momma, isn't it true that only a certain amount of people are allowed in heaven, and we're saved, right?
Wanda Holloway: Uh huh. That's 'cause we're Missionary Baptists as opposed to the other kind of Baptists who if they make a mistake, they have to start all over again. But Missionary Baptists - once saved, always saved. Your grandma and grandpa were real smart. They chose a sect that has guarantees.
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credits end with "Finally, no spiders or cheerleaders were killed in the making of this movie" See more »

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Features Donahue (1967) See more »

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Jesus Stands Beside Me
Lyrics by Michael Ritchie
Music by Lucy Simon
Sung by Al Dana
Arranged by Alex Shantzis
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Very funny dark satire
12 February 2002 | by (L.A.) – See all my reviews

From the great Michael Ritchie, director of The Bad News Bears, comes this very funny, sharp film based on the true story of a woman who tried to hire a hitman to kill the mother of her daughter's cheerleading rival. Great performances all around from Holly Hunter to a very funny Beau Bridges and a weird Swoosie Kurtz. I like the film a lot, Ritchie has always enjoyed skewering Southern culture and he is firmly in his element here. Definately doesn't view Texans kindly, but watch King of the Hill for that point of view.


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